The granite steps and life itself
My husband and I, along with my niece and nephew, are enjoying a glorious sun-filled week at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. June can be dicey as far as the weather is concerned. We have been graced with a week of brilliant blue skies. Our first hike of the week was one of the most challenging; the Ladder Trail. It was listed as strenuous but somehow I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal to navigate up all the steep steps. How wrong I was! My body went into a “freeze” response from a past incident in Acadia where I slid my way over a moss-covered wet granite slab and ended up wedged between the rocks. Even though the rock face was bone dry, my body went into a threat response. I wasn’t sure if I could make it up the 1.5 mile climb to the top. Luckily my kind husband reminded me to just take one step at a time. Literally and figuratively, it was one step after another. The queasy feeling along with the dizziness finally passed and I made it to the top!!
Sometimes life is like this ascent up Ladder Trail. We can hit such barriers, both internally and externally and simply want to quit. At these times, it is so helpful to have supportive people around us. Are you hitting any obstacles in your life right now? Are you allowing your loved ones to help coax you on? Just one step at a time is often all it takes to get going and move beyond the fear, the blockage or whatever gets in the way.